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What are the top tips for travelling with children to Napier?
MTG Hawke’s Bay
MTG Hawke’s Bay is the place to go to learn about local history while holidaying on Napier accommodation and flight packages. Unique museum exhibits are spread across three buildings overlooking the beautiful waterfront. Plan a visit here when you book Napier holiday packages with the family to see about 90,000 artefacts and learn about stories that helped shape the region. Some topics that are touched on across the exhibits include the major Hawke’s Bay earthquake of 1931, local Maori history and culture, plants of the region, and some ancient civilizations from around the world including the Pacific, Egypt and Rome.
Otatara Pā Historic Reserve
Continue learning about Maori culture and history by planning a day at the Otatara Pā Historic Reserve when you book Napier holiday packages. The Reserve covers more than 40 hectares and is one of New Zealand’s largest pā complexes. A pā is a traditional Maori settlement, and this one was home to a thriving civilisation from about 1400 to 1820. Today, visitors holidaying on Napier packages can visit Otatara Pā to get a feel for what daily life was once like there. Walk along the Reserve’s various hiking trails to get an up-close look at the remains of buildings and other structures around the pā.
Spending time on the beach is a must for many visitors holidaying on Napier packages during the summer. Ahuriri Beach covers a long stretch of sand south of the CBD, and it’s widely viewed as one of the area’s top beaches. Calm waves make Ahuriri Beach perfect for swimming, and there are beautiful views as well. The northern portion of Ahuriri Beach is bordered by the Marine Parade where you’ll find a variety of restaurants and cafes. The Marine Parade also has several activities for kids like a playground and the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
When is the best time to visit Napier?
There are four distinct seasons to plan around when booking Napier accommodation and flight packages. Summer is the high season and the busiest season to visit Napier. It’s especially popular among families who book Napier holiday packages during the school holidays. Daytime temperatures of about 24°C make this the perfect time for going to the beach. Lock in the best price on a hotel and accommodation in Napier by booking early.
Autumn and spring are the two shoulder seasons. These are excellent times to plan Napier holiday packages if you’re looking to spend a lot of time outdoors without large crowds. Daytime temperatures often fall between 17° and 21°C – a bit chilly for the beach but perfect for coastal walks and taking in the Art Deco architecture around the city.
Winter days cool to about 14°C with some rain. This is the low season, so it’s the most affordable time to travel on Napier accommodation and flight packages. You’ll find the lowest prices on flights as well as hotels and accommodation in Napier.
What are the best restaurants and cafes in Napier?
Three Doors Up
Three Doors Up serves local Hawke’s Bay produce, meats, and fish with a European spin. The restaurant serves dinner seven nights a week and also operates a bar on Friday and Saturday nights. Some delicious dishes you’ll find on the menu include three cheese souffle, chicken thighs wrapped in bacon and served with mashed potato and camembert, and high-quality cuts of steak served with gratin potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and your choice of sauce. The lounge bar serves canapés alongside drinks, and there’s regularly live music to enjoy there while holidaying on Napier packages.
Bistronomy prides itself on creative dishes that take influences from international cuisines and apply them to Hawke’s Bay produce. The menu changes seasonally, so the dishes you can try will vary based on when you book Napier holiday packages. Examples you may find on the menu include beef cheek and pancetta wellington, Jerusalem artichoke risotto, and free-range pork belly served with nut risotto and chutney. Bistronomy fills up fast, so you may want to make a reservation, especially if you book Napier packages during the high season.
Cafe DMP is one of the most popular cafes you can visit while staying in a hotel and accommodation in Napier. It serves authentic Italian-style coffee and has an extensive menu of all-day breakfast and lunch dishes. Grab a meal at Cafe DMP while holidaying on Napier packages to try dishes like eggs benedict with smoked salmon, pancakes served with grilled banana and bacon, and British-style bangers and mash. There are plenty of grab-and-go options like pastries and sandwiches as well. Cafe DMP is open seven days a week and has plenty of seating both inside and outdoors on the terrace.